Building Peace into Your Life
No matter what your age, your body type, or where you are on the political spectrum, the last nine months have been challenging. Understandably, the American Psychological Association, reports that levels of stress are higher this year than last year.
The tricks we normally use to cope with stress seem less effective in this current situation. Yet, this is not the time to give up on those practices. This is the time to double-down. Stress has well-documented negative long-term impacts on health. So, remember to find a meditation practice, eat well, get at least eight hours of sleep, and exercise every day. Also, turn off the television and take breaks from social media. And you might want to call our office.
A Simple Meditation
That you can do anywhere…whether you’re a beginner or you’re experienced,. Here’s a calming meditative routine that will settle your mind and likely lower your blood pressure.
You don’t need a quiet room (for many parents of young children that’s an impossibility). You can do this anywhere. All you need to do is focus your attention on your breath.
If you’re standing, position your feet so that they are about equal to your hip-width. If you can sit or lie down, uncross your legs, hands, and fingers.
- Breathe in through your nose into your belly for a count of 5 (or 4 if you find 5 uncomfortable).
- Hold for the count of 5 (or 4) and exhale through your mouth with a little push.
- Repeat this for at least 3 minutes, preferably 5.
Doctor Cure Thyself
As we approach the end of this year, I’m reflecting on the ways a long-term crisis affects our bodies. I’ve said this before, but it’s even more relevant today. Whatever you can do to bring more peace into your life, do it. The health benefits are enormous.
We often think, we’ll do these things (meditate, exercise, sleep well, etc.) later when we have time. But you have to make them a priority.
If you put them off, your body will manifest your stress as pain, illness, and disease. This is not surprising. Yet so many of us think we have time someday to start a meditation practice or we tell ourselves we’ll eat well one day.
Today’s the day! Take care of yourselves. And please call the office. We can help. Wishing you peace and health.
Are you wondering about safety?
Mallen Chiropractic is following CDC guidelines for safe and sanitary practices during this pandemic. As an essential business, we remain open and are here to guide you in your path to wellness, as always.
Specifically, we clean treatment areas after each patient with disinfectant wipes. We prescreen patients, take temperatures of everyone who enters the office, and require all people to wear a mask over their nose and mouth for the duration of their visit. Hope to see you soon.